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For decades, California attorneys have been buying the same old pretrial procedure manuals thinking that’s all they ever need for their civil practice. Here’s a fact: those books haven’t changed much in style, form, or function since they were originally written, but the practice has. So it’s time for a fresh take on civil procedure—O’Connor’s California Practice * Civil Pretrial 2017.
With its detailed commentaries and unique chronological structure, this comprehensive yet portable book will guide you step by step through the maze of procedural rules and statutes. It will keep you off the computer and out of the library, saving you time and money. And best of all, it will make you feel smart. When’s the last time you felt that way after reading a procedure manual?
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New Features for 2017
The 2017 edition contains:
- Updated commentaries including relevant case law from the past year as well as changes to the Code of Civil Procedure, Evidence Code, California Rules of Court, Judicial Council Forms, and more. For example, we revised our discussion of spousal privileges to reflect changes made to the Evidence Code on the rights of registered domestic partners.
- Extensively revised subchapter on anti-SLAPP motions based on recent opinions by the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal. In particular, we updated and revised our discussion of how an anti-SLAPP motion operates against a so-called “mixed cause of action” in light of the California Supreme Court opinion in Baral v. Schnitt (2016) 1 Cal.5th 376.
- New discussion of when cases can be cited as persuasive or binding authority since the California Supreme Court amended the Rules of Court to eliminate the practice of automatically “depublishing” published Court of Appeal decisions when the Supreme Court grants review.
- Updated Evidence Code including legislative changes marked with underline and strikethrough, plus new annotations—quotes from recent cases interpreting specific Evidence Code sections.
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